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Belle Oakes Nau Belle Oakes Nau died of pneumonia at the age of 80. She passed January 5, 2014, in Escondido, CA. She was born to parents, Floyd R. Oakes and Marjorie Counts Oakes on August 6, 1933, in Lakeport, CA. Her family homesteaded in Kelseyville and have been in the area since 1913. She was raised in Lakeport and graduated from Clear Lake Union High School in June, 1952. She played clarinet in the band, was in Lake County parades, and was a Rainbow Girl. Some of her classmates and friends were: Marilyn Davidson, Jimmy Joyce, Nancy Crowell, Lois Farrington, and Diane Deschamp. She lived with her parents, and two siblings (Dee and Barbara Oakes) at 965 Sixth Street) throughout her childhood and teens. Belle met her husband, Cameron Lynn Nau, in the Lakeport police station. She was there with a girlfriend to see to some business and to take a look at "the handsome new cop." They were married on June 14, 1952, at First Presbyterian by Reverend M. G. Montgomery. They honeymooned at Hartsook Inn. Belle was an artist and took numerous art classes in San Francisco. She was a member of the Pacifica Art Guild. She sold her oil and watercolor paintings all over the United States. She won many First Place Blue Ribbons for her paintings both in Pacifica and at the Lake County Fair. Presently, a showing of some of her paintings are being displayed at the Main Street Art Gallery (June - July 2014.) Belle Oakes Nau and Cameron owned The Redwood Nursery in Ukiah and did landscaping, weddings, and many other celebrations. Belle and Cameron raised two daughters, Deborah Edlynn Nau Dietiker and Barbara Carol Nau Stewart. In addition, they raised eight foster children in Santa Clara County. Belle also, was a California Licensed Day Care provider and nurtured many children for working parents from 1969-1973. Belle's hobbies included raising Japanese bob-tail and Bombay cats. She was a member of the Cat Fancier Society and she showed and won ribbons for her breeds. Another of her hobbies was gardening. She won several ribbons at the Lake County Fair for entire garden arrangements such as: "A Child's Garden" and "The Japanese Pagoda Garden." Both of these took first place. Belle Oakes Nau is survived by her husband, Cameron Nau, and her daughters, Deborah Edlynn Nau Dietiker and Barbara Carol Nau Stewart. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Oakes Carter, residing in Lakeport. There are three grandchildren, Dr. Cameron Dietiker, Erin Stewart and Justin Stewart, and three nephews, Thomas F. Carter II and Dale and David Oakes. Belle's only niece is Cathleen Carter Lefevre. The Memorial Graveside Service is at the Kelseyville Cemetery, June 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. Officiating is Belle's cousin, Reverend Craig Hall, and assisting is her nephew, Reverend Thomas F. Carter II. Following the service family, friends and community are invited to the Memorial Art Show at the Main Street Gallery, Lakeport. Recommendations for memorial gifts: "Flowers by Jackie" or donations in memory of Belle Oakes to the "Main Street Gallery". Please share your memories and sign the guest book at www.legacy.com.
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from June 12 to June 18, 2014
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